[resolved] pre_get_posts Within Template File (3 posts)

  1. Gemfruit
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've recently learned that it's much better to use pre_get_posts rather than query_posts. I've noticed that all usage I've found consists of adding a function to functions.php, which requires conditions to not mess up queries around the rest of the website.

    My question is this, is it viable to simply add a function to your template file(s), and use the custom querying there? I have a specific file in mind that I would be editing, where as the rest of the site can remain the same, so it just makes sense to me that I would leave functions.php alone, and add a bit of code to these specific cases. Any thoughts on this are greatly appreciated!

  2. keesiemeijer
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You can create a plugin for it. It's not that difficult

    Or only include a file with the pre_get_post code in your theme's functions.php.

    Even better would be to put it in a child theme's functions.php file.

  3. Joan Boluda
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You must place your function in functions.php (or a plugin). WordPress needs to build the query to figure out what template to load, so if you put this in a template file like category.php it will be too late.

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